Join us for Family Movie Night!

KeithAndPheobeIf you’re looking for something a little different to do with your kids in the early hours of a Saturday evening but your pocketbook isn’t cooperating, come join us for a family-friendly cinematic experience.

Family Movie Night is a regular feature the ACLPO is offering the public free of charge. It is a chance to enjoy a movie with us that focuses on personal triumph and individual achievement. Every two months we will have on hand a movie that is geared toward younger audiences, teens, or all ages and at the same time family-appropriate.

The inaugural Family Movie Night is this Saturday and starts at 6:30 p.m. It will be held at the Allen County Sanitary Engineering Office, located at 3230 N. Cole Street, just north of Lima’s city limits.

Popcorn and beverages will be available on us. Bring the kids and relax!

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November meeting of the ACLPO

The Executive Committee of the Allen County Libertarian Party of Ohio will be meeting this Saturday at 5 p.m. at the Allen County Sanitary Engineering Office, located at 3230 N. Cole Street, just north of Lima’s city limits, to tackle several orders of business.

The public, as always, is welcome to join us as we handle our regular operations.

Come join us for Lunch & Liberty

I am someoneWith another season change at hand, the time is approaching to look forward to another year of election activity.

The Allen County Libertarian Party of Ohio is preparing for a new fall season by planning its annual open house, informally dubbed the Autumn Assembly, to be held 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, October 5.

The party’s members are getting ready for the 2014 statewide campaigns in the Buckeye State and inviting the public to meet candidates who will be headlining the Libertarian ticket. Confirmed special guests include Charlie Earl, who is leading the charge with his gubernatorial run, and Steve Linnabary, candidate for Attorney General.

“Libertarians continue to gain significant and valuable ground with voters in each and every election,” Don Kissick, Allen County chair, commented. “Ohio has been a particular bright spot in this effort as more and more residents have been requesting Libertarian primary ballots.”

Kissick noted that Allen County has been leading the way by almost tripling the number of registered Libertarian voters from the 2010 to 2012 primaries.

“We expect this trend to continue in 2014 and an event such as our Autumn Assembly plays an important role in expanding our visibility with the public and drawing more voters,” he added.

The open house will take place in the training room of the Allen County Sanitary Engineering Office, located at 3230 N. Cole St. just north of the Lima city limits.

Earl, who will formally announce and launch his candidacy for Governor on September 19, is an Air Force veteran, served in the General Assembly House of Representatives from 1981-1984, taught college-level courses for over 20 years, worked in Pat Toomey’s 2004 primary campaign against then-Republican Senator Arlen Spechter, and most recently was a part of 1370 WSPD’s roster of local talk radio hosts in Toledo.

Linnabary is a long-time leader of both the Libertarian Party of Ohio and Franklin County LP and has been a liberty activist for much of his life.

LIBERTARIAN PARTY PLATFORM

As adopted in Convention, May 2012, Las Vegas, Nevada

PREAMBLE

As Libertarians, we seek a world of liberty; a world in which all individuals are sovereign over their own lives and no one is forced to sacrifice his or her values for the benefit of others.

We believe that respect for individual rights is the essential precondition for a free and prosperous world, that force and fraud must be banished from human relationships, and that only through freedom can peace and prosperity be realized.

Consequently, we defend each person’s right to engage in any activity that is peaceful and honest, and welcome the diversity that freedom brings. The world we seek to build is one where individuals are free to follow their own dreams in their own ways, without interference from government or any authoritarian power.

In the following pages we have set forth our basic principles and enumerated various policy stands derived from those principles.

These specific policies are not our goal, however. Our goal is nothing more nor less than a world set free in our lifetime, and it is to this end that we take these stands.

STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLES

We, the members of the Libertarian Party, challenge the cult of the omnipotent state and defend the rights of the individual.

We hold that all individuals have the right to exercise sole dominion over their own lives, and have the right to live in whatever manner they choose, so long as they do not forcibly interfere with the equal right of others to live in whatever manner they choose.

Governments throughout history have regularly operated on the opposite principle, that the State has the right to dispose of the lives of individuals and the fruits of their labor. Even within the United States, all political parties other than our own grant to government the right to regulate the lives of individuals and seize the fruits of their labor without their consent.

We, on the contrary, deny the right of any government to do these things, and hold that where governments exist, they must not violate the rights of any individual: namely, (1) the right to life — accordingly we support the prohibition of the initiation of physical force against others; (2) the right to liberty of speech and action — accordingly we oppose all attempts by government to abridge the freedom of speech and press, as well as government censorship in any form; and (3) the right to property — accordingly we oppose all government interference with private property, such as confiscation, nationalization, and eminent domain, and support the prohibition of robbery, trespass, fraud, and misrepresentation.

Since governments, when instituted, must not violate individual rights, we oppose all interference by government in the areas of voluntary and contractual relations among individuals. People should not be forced to sacrifice their lives and property for the benefit of others. They should be left free by government to deal with one another as free traders; and the resultant economic system, the only one compatible with the protection of individual rights, is the free market.

1.0 Personal Liberty

Individuals should be free to make choices for themselves and to accept responsibility for the consequences of the choices they make. No individual, group, or government may initiate force against any other individual, group, or government. Our support of an individual’s right to make choices in life does not mean that we necessarily approve or disapprove of those choices.

1.1 Expression and Communication

We support full freedom of expression and oppose government censorship, regulation or control of communications media and technology. We favor the freedom to engage in or abstain from any religious activities that do not violate the rights of others. We oppose government actions which either aid or attack any religion.

1.2 Personal Privacy

Libertarians support the rights recognized by the Fourth Amendment to be secure in our persons, homes, and property. Protection from unreasonable search and seizure should include records held by third parties, such as email, medical, and library records. Only actions that infringe on the rights of others can properly be termed crimes. We favor the repeal of all laws creating “crimes” without victims, such as the use of drugs for medicinal or recreational purposes.

1.3 Personal Relationships

Sexual orientation, preference, gender, or gender identity should have no impact on the government’s treatment of individuals, such as in current marriage, child custody, adoption, immigration or military service laws. Government does not have the authority to define, license or restrict personal relationships. Consenting adults should be free to choose their own sexual practices and personal relationships.

1.4 Abortion

Recognizing that abortion is a sensitive issue and that people can hold good-faith views on all sides, we believe that government should be kept out of the matter, leaving the question to each person for their conscientious consideration.

1.5 Crime and Justice

Government exists to protect the rights of every individual including life, liberty and property. Criminal laws should be limited to violation of the rights of others through force or fraud, or deliberate actions that place others involuntarily at significant risk of harm. Individuals retain the right to voluntarily assume risk of harm to themselves. We support restitution to the victim to the fullest degree possible at the expense of the criminal or the negligent wrongdoer. We oppose reduction of constitutional safeguards of the rights of the criminally accused. The rights of due process, a speedy trial, legal counsel, trial by jury, and the legal presumption of innocence until proven guilty, must not be denied. We assert the common-law right of juries to judge not only the facts but also the justice of the law.

1.6 Self-Defense

The only legitimate use of force is in defense of individual rights — life, liberty, and justly acquired property — against aggression. This right inheres in the individual, who may agree to be aided by any other individual or group. We affirm the individual right recognized by the Second Amendment to keep and bear arms, and oppose the prosecution of individuals for exercising their rights of self-defense. We oppose all laws at any level of government requiring registration of, or restricting, the ownership, manufacture, or transfer or sale of firearms or ammunition.

2.0 Economic Liberty

Libertarians want all members of society to have abundant opportunities to achieve economic success. A free and competitive market allocates resources in the most efficient manner. Each person has the right to offer goods and services to others on the free market. The only proper role of government in the economic realm is to protect property rights, adjudicate disputes, and provide a legal framework in which voluntary trade is protected. All efforts by government to redistribute wealth, or to control or manage trade, are improper in a free society.

2.1 Property and Contract

Property rights are entitled to the same protection as all other human rights. The owners of property have the full right to control, use, dispose of, or in any manner enjoy, their property without interference, until and unless the exercise of their control infringes the valid rights of others. We oppose all controls on wages, prices, rents, profits, production, and interest rates. We advocate the repeal of all laws banning or restricting the advertising of prices, products, or services. We oppose all violations of the right to private property, liberty of contract, and freedom of trade. The right to trade includes the right not to trade — for any reasons whatsoever. Where property, including land, has been taken from its rightful owners by the government or private action in violation of individual rights, we favor restitution to the rightful owners.

2.2 Environment

We support a clean and healthy environment and sensible use of our natural resources. Private landowners and conservation groups have a vested interest in maintaining natural resources. Pollution and misuse of resources cause damage to our ecosystem. Governments, unlike private businesses, are unaccountable for such damage done to our environment and have a terrible track record when it comes to environmental protection. Protecting the environment requires a clear definition and enforcement of individual rights in resources like land, water, air, and wildlife. Free markets and property rights stimulate the technological innovations and behavioral changes required to protect our environment and ecosystems. We realize that our planet’s climate is constantly changing, but environmental advocates and social pressure are the most effective means of changing public behavior.

2.3 Energy and Resources

While energy is needed to fuel a modern society, government should not be subsidizing any particular form of energy. We oppose all government control of energy pricing, allocation, and production.

2.4 Government Finance and Spending

All persons are entitled to keep the fruits of their labor. We call for the repeal of the income tax, the abolishment of the Internal Revenue Service and all federal programs and services not required under the U.S. Constitution. We oppose any legal requirements forcing employers to serve as tax collectors. Government should not incur debt, which burdens future generations without their consent. We support the passage of a “Balanced Budget Amendment” to the U.S. Constitution, provided that the budget is balanced exclusively by cutting expenditures, and not by raising taxes.

2.5 Money and Financial Markets

We favor free-market banking, with unrestricted competition among banks and depository institutions of all types. Individuals engaged in voluntary exchange should be free to use as money any mutually agreeable commodity or item. We support a halt to inflationary monetary policies and unconstitutional legal tender laws.

2.6 Monopolies and Corporations

We defend the right of individuals to form corporations, cooperatives and other types of companies based on voluntary association. We seek to divest government of all functions that can be provided by non-governmental organizations or private individuals. We oppose government subsidies to business, labor, or any other special interest. Industries should be governed by free markets.

2.7 Labor Markets

We support repeal of all laws which impede the ability of any person to find employment. We oppose government-fostered forced retirement. We support the right of free persons to associate or not associate in labor unions, and an employer should have the right to recognize or refuse to recognize a union. We oppose government interference in bargaining, such as compulsory arbitration or imposing an obligation to bargain.

2.8 Education

Education is best provided by the free market, achieving greater quality, accountability and efficiency with more diversity of choice. Recognizing that the education of children is a parental responsibility, we would restore authority to parents to determine the education of their children, without interference from government. Parents should have control of and responsibility for all funds expended for their children’s education.

2.9 Health Care

We favor restoring and reviving a free market health care system. We recognize the freedom of individuals to determine the level of health insurance they want (if any), the level of health care they want, the care providers they want, the medicines and treatments they will use and all other aspects of their medical care, including end-of-life decisions. People should be free to purchase health insurance across state lines.

2.10 Retirement and Income Security

Retirement planning is the responsibility of the individual, not the government. Libertarians would phase out the current government-sponsored Social Security system and transition to a private voluntary system. The proper and most effective source of help for the poor is the voluntary efforts of private groups and individuals. We believe members of society will become more charitable and civil society will be strengthened as government reduces its activity in this realm.

3.0 Securing Liberty

The protection of individual rights is the only proper purpose of government. Government is constitutionally limited so as to prevent the infringement of individual rights by the government itself. The principle of non-initiation of force should guide the relationships between governments.

3.1 National Defense

We support the maintenance of a sufficient military to defend the United States against aggression. The United States should both avoid entangling alliances and abandon its attempts to act as policeman for the world. We oppose any form of compulsory national service.

3.2 Internal Security and Individual Rights

The defense of the country requires that we have adequate intelligence to detect and to counter threats to domestic security. This requirement must not take priority over maintaining the civil liberties of our citizens. The Constitution and Bill of Rights shall not be suspended even during time of war. Intelligence agencies that legitimately seek to preserve the security of the nation must be subject to oversight and transparency. We oppose the government’s use of secret classifications to keep from the public information that it should have, especially that which shows that the government has violated the law.

3.3 International Affairs

American foreign policy should seek an America at peace with the world. Our foreign policy should emphasize defense against attack from abroad and enhance the likelihood of peace by avoiding foreign entanglements. We would end the current U.S. government policy of foreign intervention, including military and economic aid. We recognize the right of all people to resist tyranny and defend themselves and their rights. We condemn the use of force, and especially the use of terrorism, against the innocent, regardless of whether such acts are committed by governments or by political or revolutionary groups.

3.4 Free Trade and Migration

We support the removal of governmental impediments to free trade. Political freedom and escape from tyranny demand that individuals not be unreasonably constrained by government in the crossing of political boundaries. Economic freedom demands the unrestricted movement of human as well as financial capital across national borders. However, we support control over the entry into our country of foreign nationals who pose a credible threat to security, health or property.

3.5 Rights and Discrimination

Libertarians embrace the concept that all people are born with certain inherent rights. We reject the idea that a natural right can ever impose an obligation upon others to fulfill that “right.” We condemn bigotry as irrational and repugnant. Government should neither deny nor abridge any individual’s human right based upon sex, wealth, ethnicity, creed, age, national origin, personal habits, political preference or sexual orientation. Parents, or other guardians, have the right to raise their children according to their own standards and beliefs. This statement shall not be construed to condone child abuse or neglect.

3.6 Representative Government

We support election systems that are more representative of the electorate at the federal, state and local levels. As private voluntary groups, political parties should be allowed to establish their own rules for nomination procedures, primaries and conventions. We call for an end to any tax-financed subsidies to candidates or parties and the repeal of all laws which restrict voluntary financing of election campaigns. We oppose laws that effectively exclude alternative candidates and parties, deny ballot access, gerrymander districts, or deny the voters their right to consider all legitimate alternatives. We advocate initiative, referendum, recall and repeal when used as popular checks on government.

3.7 Self-Determination

Whenever any form of government becomes destructive of individual liberty, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to agree to such new governance as to them shall seem most likely to protect their liberty.

4.0 Omissions

Our silence about any other particular government law, regulation, ordinance, directive, edict, control, regulatory agency, activity, or machination should not be construed to imply approval.

Libertarian Party (national) Platform

Candidates getting local press coverage

ACLPOLibertarian candidates who will be on the ballot in Allen County have been able to garner a reasonable amount of coverage by local media. It is a refreshing change of pace… although it has not been without a peculiar moment or two (explanation of this at the bottom).

Still, focusing on the positive side for now, congressional candidates Chris Kalla and Eric Eberly received fair print space in The Lima News, as did Paul D. Hinds, who is running for Ohio’s District 12 State Senate seat.

Our full slate was covered by The Lima News in this write-up by Sarah Stemen.

The race for Allen County Commissioner has seen some of the most extensive coverage this year (outside of the Presidential race) by local media, including this pair of articles stemming from the candidates forum with the editorial board of The Lima News.

Speaking of the presidential race, three weeks ago, TLN columnist Tom Lucente encouraged Sunday paper readers to Live Free!”

There has been some controversy in recent weeks. The College Libertarians student organization at Ohio Northern University participated in a recent forum tackling the health care debate in America. WLIO, the Lima television franchise, covered the event but thoroughly omitted the participation by the Libertarians. Adding to the peculiarity, in the brief wide shots of the panel, there clearly can be seen three debaters joining the moderator. Only the student Republican and Democrat, however, were interviewed or even mentioned by the reporter. (The video for the news broadcast that night no longer is available at WLIO’s Website.)

Allen County Libertarians join Gary Johnson in Cincinnati

Paul D. Hinds and Gov. Gary Johnson

Hinds for Ohio teams-up with Johnson 2012!

A pair of Allen County Libertarians, State Senate candidate Paul D. Hinds and congressional candidate Chris Kalla, took time out of their busy schedules to catch-up with former New Mexico Governor and presidential candidate Gary Johnson during his campaign stops in the Dayton area and Cincinnati on Friday, October 5.

Johnson is doing extensive outreach to college students during his current set of campaign stops, looking to tap into the energy Ron Paul was able to generate among younger voters in recent years. Speaking to a full house at the University of Cincinnati, the Governor was able to see just how much enthusiasm there is for smaller government across the board: constitutionally limited; very fiscally responsible; and equally as socially tolerant.

A full video of Johnson’s speech at UC has been posted at YouTube.

Johnson signs are available!

If you want a Gary Johnson for President 2012 yard sign for your lawn, we have them. Please click “Contact Us!” above and to the right and let us know.

Also, you’ll be able to get a Johnson sign as well as one for county commissioner candidate Don Kissick at our annual Autumn Assembly to be held Saturday, September 29, at the Allen County Sanitary Engineering Office, located at 3230 N. Cole St., at the north end of Lima (between Diller and Bluelick roads).

Doors will open at 5 p.m.

In addition to local candidates, our slate of speakers will be headlined by Michael Maloney, West Ohio region coordinator for the Gary Johnson 2012 campaign.

You can read the write-up of our Autumn Assembly in The Lima News.

November 6 is two months away!

The final stretch for the campaigns is around the corner.

ACLPO tent at the Fair

The ACLPO’s tent at the county fair was a treasure trove of information.

The Libertarian Party at all levels is working harder than ever toward what undeniably will be a historic election for 2012. Our candidates for local, state, and federal offices are preparing for forthcoming debates. We’ve been handing out yard signs and literature. And, our tent at the Allen County Fair gave us a terrific opportunity to connect with many potential supporters as well as reach-out to the community at large.

With the ACLPO meeting on Saturday, September 15, the Executive Committee will tackle the remaining pieces necessary to host a public rally – our annual Autumn Assembly – on Saturday, September 29, starting 5 p.m. at the Allen County Engineering Office, located at 3230 N. Cole St. at the north end of Lima.

For the assembly, there will be local candidates in attendance as well as representation from the Johnson/Gray 2012 campaign.

Among other orders of business, the party will review and assess outreach efforts to date.

We hope to see you there!

Visit us at the Allen County Fair!

If you’re going to check out the 2012 Allen County Fair, August 17-25, please be sure to stop by our tent along the midway and say, “Hello!”

Members and volunteers of the Allen County Libertarian Party of Ohio will be there answering questions and handing-out literature as we continue spreading the message of Liberty.

Should you have some free time during these days and would like to volunteer, feel free to click on “Contact Us!” to let us know when you are available.